Wild thing The short, spellbinding life of Jimi Hendrix

Philip Norman, 1943-

Book - 2020

"Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death, the best-selling author of Shout! delivers a compelling new biography of the legendary guitarist. Celebrated as the most innovative guitarist ever to play, Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is renowned for symphonic solos and virtuosic picking (sometimes, with his teeth). But, as Philip Norman describes, before Hendrix was setting guitars aflame onstage, he was a shy kid in Seattle, plucking at a broken ukulele and looking out for... his father, who chided him for playing left-handed. Interweaving new interviews with friends, lovers, bandmates, and his family, Wild Thing vividly reconstructs Hendrix's remarkable life- from playing in segregated clubs on the Chitlin' Circuit to earning stardom in Swinging London in 1966. For more than four mindboggling years Hendrix found unparalleled success, making historic appearances at Monterey and Woodstock while becoming the highest paid musician of his day, but it all abruptly ended with his tragic death in the sordid basement of a London hotel. Filled with insights into the greatest moments in rock history, Wild Thing reveals the endlessly complex figure behind the unforgettable riffs"--

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New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc [2020]
First edition
Physical Description
391 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-365) and index.
Main Author
Philip Norman, 1943- (author)
  • Prologue
  • 'He was hearing music but didn't have an instrument to bring it to earth'
  • 'Jimmy was a hippy before anyone knew what a hippy was'
  • 'I still have my guitar and amp and as long as I have that no fool can stop me living'
  • 'Everything's so-so in this big raggedy city of New York'
  • 'I've got just the person for you'
  • 'Quite honestly, Chas...he's almost too good'
  • 'Oh my god, I'm not god any more'
  • 'Go out and buy us a tin of lighter fuel'
  • 'Not on my network'
  • 'From rumor to legend'
  • 'He was a life-saver'
  • Electric ladies
  • 'I'm going to die before I'm thirty'
  • 'Nothing but a band of gypsies'
  • Miles and miles
  • 'Dad, my love...'
  • 'Hey man, lend me your comb'
  • 'Just call me helium'
  • Goodnight sweet black prince'
  • 'A tall black guardian angel in a hat'
  • ''Scuse me while I kiss the pie'
  • Epilogue.